Ask Dr. Blank: Should Children Be Assessed Individually as They Learn to Read?

What are your thoughts on assessing students’ reading abilities individually? It is essential that each child’s abilities be assessed individually. It saves children who are advanced from being bored by having to redo material they already know and it saves children who are having difficulty from struggling with material beyond their level. The good news is that using computers assessing…

Calif. Ends School Lunch-Shaming by Guaranteeing All Students Will Get a Meal

By Rachel DeSantis A 10-year-old boy’s fight to end student lunch debt and save his classmates the shame of being served an “alternative” meal at school has inspired real change in California. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation on Saturday to ban the practice of singling out students unable to pay for their lunch, and cited the efforts of elementary schooler Ryan Kyote in…

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Duck for President

Duck for President is a wonderful story that teaches children about how elections work.  The book is reviewed by Sweet on Books. What You Need to Know: • The duck books are a rollicking good time, a reading experience that both children and adults will equally enjoy. • This picture book would make a great read aloud for a young…

Research Zeroes In on a Barrier to Reading (Plus, Tips for Teachers)

By Youki Terada for edutopia.org By now, you’ve probably heard of the baseball experiment. It’s several decades old but has experienced a resurgence in popularity since Natalie Wexler highlighted it in her best-selling new book, The Knowledge Gap. In the 1980s, researchers Donna Recht and Lauren Leslie asked middle school students to read a passage describing a baseball game, then reenact it…

Ask Dr. Blank: What are some creative ways for children with ADHD to better manage in the classroom?

Despite living in the high tech 21st century, it is amazing how much classrooms continue to employ the patterns set up over a century ago. Many of the difficulties that ADHD children display are grounded in these patterns. Here are some of the components that we would do well to offer. Reduced sitting time: the health industry today is replete…